South Korea Considers Expanding Rebuilding Role

SEOUL, December 31 (AFP)

South Korea will send a team to Afghanistan in January to see if it can do more to help rebuild the country, according to a new report.

"A fact-finding team led by a senior foreign ministry official will visit Afghanistan in mid-January," Yonhap news agency quoted an unidentified ministry official as saying.

The incoming US government of president elect Barack Obama is likely to ask Seoul to expand its role in Afghanistan, Yonhap said.

The delegation will inspect the situation in Afghanistan, including the activities of a South Korean team of medical staff and vocational training experts already there, Yonhap said.